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Brian Orchard connects the observable negative results of children raised without a father to the state of mankind which is itself separated from its Father. Fatherless families produce broken children. Similarly, mankind is incurably sick because it has no relationship with its Father. They need healing.
The Father’s Love
The Father never ceased to love His children, nor did He abandon His role. Rather, He has a plan to accomplish reunification with His children, and ultimately to heal the sick heart of man. Healing is a process of restoration to a state of well-being or wholeness. He will heal His entire creation, made sick by sin. God promises those He calls now (the first fruits of His family) a functional role in accomplishing that process. Imagine the opportunity to help bring completion and wholeness to all nations on earth. The healing of the nations begins with the healing of one particular nation—Israel—and the healing of a physical nation begins with the healing of a spiritual people—the Church of God.
Physical and spiritual healing cannot be separated. Physical healing was an important part of Christ’s ministry, and remains a functional element of a restored relationship with God today. God the Father, through Jesus Christ, cast out demons, corrected physical maladies, and initiated His ultimate purpose of spiritual healing. Physical healing should not be elevated in importance above spiritual healing. If God chooses not to heal physically, it is for the greater purpose of spiritual healing.
The Father’s Restoration
God promises restoration. The process begins with His unmerited invitation, followed by repentance, forgiveness, and healing to a state of wholeness in unity with Him. The sacrifice He and Christ made for us is individual and personal. While Christ is the Way, our ultimate focus in this restorative process is on the Father. It is He who heals. He bought our lives, and restored us to a Father-son relationship. We can erode and break that relationship again by sinning. Rather, we should move forward to completion.
God the Father desires to heal us, Israel, all the nations, and His entire creation. He will replace the incurably sick heart of man with the wholeness and completion of a child in the arms of a loving Father.
Binding up — Colossians 1:20, 22 — Ecclesiastes 8:11, 9:3 — Family — Father-son relationship — Fatherhood — I Peter 2:21 — Firstfruits — Healing — Healing the nations — Heart of man — Hosea 6:1 — Isaiah 26:19; 53:3 — Jeremiah 15:18; 17:9; 30:17; 33:6 — John 8:38, 42; 14:10 — Malachi 4:1-2 — Matthew 4:23; 8:16-17 — Physical healing — Psalm 103:1; 147:1 — Rapa — Restore broken homes — Revelation 21:3 — Role of fathers Romans 5:1-6 — II Corinthians 5:14 — Sickness — Spiritual healing — Well-being — Wholeness spiritual healing